Northrop Grumman Staff Guidance, Navigation, and Controls (GNC) Engineer in Plymouth, Minnesota
Designs, develops, implements, verifies and tests algorithms and software and simulation tools to perform guidance, navigation and control of aircraft, spacecraft, submersibles, surface ships, missiles, launch vehicles and upper stages during powered and coast phases of launch, flight, earth orbit, interplanetary cruise and orbital insertion, as well as during staging events. Navigation functions include the statistical processing of measured data points and their substitution into algorithms simulating physical reality. Guidance functions include the formulation of specific equations to achieve a desired position, orientation or orbit in space. Control design and analyses processes consist of the development of the control laws and hardware and software requirements for aircraft, launch vehicles and/or spacecraft.
B.S., M.S. or PhD in Electrical, Mechanical, Aerospace or Systems Engineering or a closely related field.
At least 14 years of work experience with GNC algorithm analysis and synthesis for flying vehicles/projectiles, i.e. aircraft, spacecraft, missiles or rockets.
Familiarity with both modern and classical control design techniques, hardware implementation, field testing and Defense/Aerospace domain.
Ability to obtain a DoD Secret Security Clearance.
Specific Technical Skills:
Using first principles to develop math models of physical systems
Classical methods for analysis and synthesis of control algorithms
Modern (state space) methods for analysis and synthesis of control algorithms
Optimal control techniques
Non-linear control techniques
Working experience with guidance algorithms
Proficiency with MATLAB/Simulink software tools and related toolboxes
Implementation of control/navigation algorithms in a real hardware application system
Test performance predictions and test data reconciliation
Model reduction techniques
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Job Category : Engineering